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A necktie is the most useless thing known to man.

A typical necktie requires 30 yards of fabric, most of which is trimmed off in its making. An inner lining is added requiring another 20 yards of cloth, plus a fabric insert intended to stiffen the form. It requires hours and hours of stitching besides. This is topped off with a tiny tag that costs a fortune, and is hidden so that no one can see it.

If its job is to fall into a soup bowl or catch blobs of ketchup, it certainly is doing its job, though a bib would do a much better job.

Ties are somehow important to British soccer/football pools. Apparently, when one goes swimming in the UK, on must dress formally and wear a tie.